The Game of Kings (Lymond Chronicles, 1)

By Dorothy Dunnett

For the 1st time Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles come in the USA in caliber paperback editions.

The first publication within the mythical Lymond Chronicles, Game of Kings occurs in 1547. Scotland has been humiliated by way of an English invasion and is threatened via machinations in other places past its borders, however it continues to be loose. sarcastically, her freedom may well depend upon a guy who stands accused of treason: Francis Crawford of Lymond.

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From Threave? ” “From Jack Maxwell. together with his respectful love. good, girl Herries: are you disenchanted? ” requested the grasp of Maxwell. She shook her head. “I think,” stated Agnes, with a tender and gentle naïveté, “you are as good-looking as your letters, sir. ” *  *  * lengthy after the parapet was once empty, a clatter of hoofs foretold a latecomer imminent the fortress Wynd, driving on my own on a stumbling horse. The captain of the shield admitted him immediately and, soaked and battered with dust, Lord Culter dismounted and walked into the backyard. Richard had come instantly from Perth, and taken with him from the Provost of Perth an account of the raid on Balmerino Abbey during which he was once significantly involved. This he gave to 1 of the Queen’s officials, being not often presentable sufficient to invite for viewers himself. at the comparable grounds, he requested that his spouse can be dropped at the Palace to talk to him. Crossing the flying bridge from corridor to Palace, Mariotta used to be conscious of a really creditable experience of reduction. at the least the bloodhound had taken no genuine damage this time; even if his behaviour remained erratic, delinquent and evasive. Mariotta marched into the Palace with reconciliation to promote, at a cost; Richard rose to welcome her with an expression which the Dowager could have famous as pain and guilt. within the web consequence, Mariotta seemed offended and Richard appeared wood, and the hole around was once now not one to encourage self assurance. This was once simply because Richard made the error of blaming his absence at the struggling with open air Perth. Mariotta heard him in silence, after which inquired stonily in regards to the tracing of the glove. Richard’s account of this used to be lamentable. informed within the chilly mild of cause, the sobering of Jamie Waugh sounded remarkably like a drunken brawl: the precise issues of distinction have been difficult to outline. He used to be delivered to admitting, austerely, that the complete journey were a wild-goose chase expressly fabricated by means of Lymond; he then apologized back for his absence and indicated that, if she could enable him, he would depart for Bogle apartment and alter his outfits. Mariotta listened to all of it, sitting judicially in a whirl of velvet with all of the Culter jewels and the emerald necklace for ethical aid. She stated thoughtfully, “I ask yourself you didn’t let us know the place you have been going? have been you afraid we should always refuse to allow you to depart? ” Richard checked out her fast, then studied the ground. “I knew you are frightened. As I acknowledged, I anticipated to be again relatively quickly. ” “We have been very anxious. You don’t think,” acknowledged Mariotta rigorously, “that it could actually also have been worthwhile to speak it over previously? ” “Oh? ” stated Richard. “Who with? ” woman Culter bought up and stalked to the door. “The nice Chan of China,” stated she with lousy and unaccustomed sarcasm, and swept out. At that certain second, the Dowager Queen despatched for him. So he had in spite of everything to move to the corridor in his travel-stained gown, and had a quick interview with Mary of Guise, fabulous on her dais with laughter and French wit for cover. She had a few wise inquiries to ask; then she deserted company and brought him to her compatriots and chaffed him on his beautiful spouse.

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